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U.S. beats Japan for collegiate title

LSU’s Morgan, ASU’s Gulbis earn top honors

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NUMATA, Japan — United States collegiate golfers won seven singles matches Thursday to beat their Japanese counterparts for the sixth straight year in the annual Collegiate Golf Championship.

The United States won 37-23, with Japan winning five matches on the final day.

The U.S. leads 19-7 in the series that began in 1975,

After tying 6-6 in the doubles matches Tuesday, the Americans beat the host team 17-7 in Wednesday's singles matches and 14-10 Thursday. A win is worth two points and a tie one point.

In the men's final round, Louisiana State's Alan Morgan shot the day's best score, a 6-under-par 66, and beat Kiyohiro Ehara of Nippon Sport Science University, who struggled to a 75.

In women's play, Natalie Gulbis (Arizona) posted the day's best round of 1-over-par 73. She beat Mika Saito of Tohoku Fukushi University, who shot a 78.

In the men's competition, Anthony Arvidson (Oregon St.) had the lowest total of 10-under 206, followed by Morgan's 211 and Yusaku Miyasato (Tohoku Fukushi), who totaled 212.

Among the women, Gulbis led with a 2-over 218 total, ahead of Hitomi Matsumura (Kyushu Tokai) and Saito. Matsumura totaled 226 and Saito 227.

The men played on the 6,948-yard, par-72 layout and the women on the 6,485-yard, par-72 layout at Verde Sano Country Club course in Numata, 48 miles northwest of Tokyo.

The 54-hole event is sponsored by Fuji Xerox.